keeping work-provided laptop clean

September 8, 2010 at 10:46:12
Specs: Windows XP
I have a work provided laptop that I use for personal activities as well. I would like to keep it "clean" or at least know how to "clean" it on a regular basis. Thanks!

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#1
September 8, 2010 at 11:00:51
CCleaner
&
Malwarebytes

..both above software need to be run manually.


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#2
September 8, 2010 at 11:28:59
...that I use for personal activities as well.

Don't overdo your personal activities. There are certain things that CCleaner & Malwarebytes cannot remove. The people at the company IT department use these things to learn what you have been doing with the laptop.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#3
September 8, 2010 at 11:43:59
What types of things can't be removed? Just for info sake.

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#4
September 8, 2010 at 11:50:10
Traces of programs you installed may be available to IT for one thing.

If you are not supposed to install anything on the laptop then I suggest you don't. Ccleaner has a portable version.

I suggest you use an external or flash drive for your personal stuff.


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#5
September 8, 2010 at 12:40:55
I use the portable version at work. Although it's supposed to remove index.dat files, our IT people have the systems configured so that these files can not be deleted without admin rights. These files contain a history of every single website ever visited. I believe a "clean" index.dat file is 32k. See what size yours is.....

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#6
September 8, 2010 at 14:07:53
best and safest bet is to use a portable linux distro and boot into that. When you turn off your computer and remove the dist (USB or CD) there will be no traces on your computer. You will not get viruses and your activities will not be stored on your hard drive.

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#7
September 8, 2010 at 15:35:41
Re #6

I think jgreenkc means:

your activities will NOT be stored on your drive.

Ms Hulot goes horse riding


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#8
September 8, 2010 at 17:26:09
Thanks!! I appreciate the input.

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#9
September 8, 2010 at 17:36:32
I would boot to a live cd or live usb. Never mount the hard drive read/write and you should never have any issue.

Live cd's come in many OS's too. Not only linux but xp, vista, windows 7, qnx, beos, freebsd and the list goes on.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#10
September 8, 2010 at 19:43:01
Thanks for catching my typo!

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#11
September 8, 2010 at 20:14:44
jgreenkc

You are able to edit your own posts here at CN. If you view the response with the typo you should see the word edit above it.


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